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Immigration issues may get shelved

Immigration issues may get shelved

Proposal to house children from across the border clouds bills before lawmakers

Activists and some legislators said the arrival of thousands of children at the nation’s border and Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to shelter some of them has hardened views on immigration, dimming prospects for legislation that would limit local law enforcement’s role in the deportation of adult immigrants.

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Immigration meeting on Beacon Hill devolves into shouting match as activists confront elected officials

BOSTON — A fact finding meeting between elected officials, county sheriffs, and federal immigration officers inside the House Minority Leader’s office ended with an emotionally charged confrontational shouting match with pro-immigration activists.

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Fight Between Immigration Activist and Mayor Escalates to Shouting Match with Racism Accusations

A closed-door meeting regarding the migrant children gathered along the US border led to a dramatic confrontation between representatives of Massachusetts’ immigrant community and the mayor of Lynn, Mass.

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Boston Council to Host Hearing on City's Warrantless Detentions on Behalf of ICE, Community Groups Call for End to Unconstitutional "ICE detainers"



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Al Día Con Centro Presente- Menores No Acompañados

Our latest radio show “Al Dia con Centro Presente” about the recent unaccompanied minor children crisis and the plan that Centro Presente will implement under NALACC to face this reality.

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Al Día Con Centro Presente- Boston Trust Act

Our latest radio show “Al Dia con Centro Presente” about the recent “Boston Trust Act” proposal that was submitted by City Councilor Josh Zakim to the city council and the effect that it could have on our community if it is approved.

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GOP leaders debate detainee issues

BOSTON — The debate over bringing immigrant children to the Bay State reached an emotional crescendo on Beacon Hill Thursday, one week after Gov. Deval Patrick offered Joint Base Cape Cod as a possible destination.

While Republican leaders met with state and federal officials behind closed doors in the office of House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, R-North Reading, immigration advocates held a rally in a Statehouse gallery.

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Gov. Patrick’s Offer To House Unaccompanied Immigrants Sparks Debate

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily shelter some of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since last fall has ignited a debate across Massachusetts.

Last week, an emotional Gov. Patrick said he had a moral obligation to help immigrant children who’ve been detained at the southern border.

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Immigrant activists try to crash closed-door meeting

BOSTON (WWLP) – Tensions were high when pro-immigration supporters barged into House Republican Leader Brad Jones’ office during a closed door meeting between federal immigration officials and the Republican Party.

“They don’t want to have a conversation with us. That’s the only thing that we want. If they want to talk about our people, if they want to talk about people like me, have a conversation with the immigrant community in Massachusetts,” said pro-immigration supporter Patricia Montes.

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Boston mayor to sign act limiting immigration holds

Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared Wednesday he would sign a city ordinance to prohibit Boston police from detaining illegal immigrants for possible deportation, unless they were convicted of a serious crime.

The proposal is still in its early stages, but Walsh’s announcement to a jubilant convention of mostly immigrant union delegates at the Hynes Convention Center drew a standing ovation and some tears, even as critics warned that the plan could backfire and lead to the release of dangerous criminals.